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Twisted Dress

Added Nov 27, 2013

by Regan Mackenzie

Perth, Australia






So the Burda pattern is based on a ‘tank’ top. I wanted an evening dress for tropical Yao Noi Six Senses in Thailand, where there was a degustation evening with a Michelin Chef from the UK. The twisted straps was a nice alternative to flat straps in a dress. The tank pattern itself was a base (the twisted pattern and instruction) to make a dress. With pattern placed on the fabric I traced around it to my size, then kept tracing in the line of a dress, adding pleats and some gathering to shape the waist, and under the bust. Body and skirt is two pieces. Black band at waist is the selvedge of this lovely asian inspired fabric. I raised the neckline by only 1/2 inch. I added some ties at the shoulder.

I think I’ll go back now and make the paper pattern for this. I’m not one to spend all the time to make a pattern just to find I don’t like it on me. This one suits my size 14-16 spread and it feels great on. Must get a photo of me in the dress full length! But Mr Mackenzie is an avid cameraman. It takes time to transition from being a size 12 to a 14-16, you really have to change your style. Then there is always the attempt at losing weight and going back to the styles you love. 2014 is the year I’ll focus on that, when I quit work and only focus on the creative side of life! Soooo looking forward to that yeah.

Material Notes

EOS – EmmaOneSock ‘new’ polyester, feels and wears like silk. The digital print ‘asian inspired’ is amazing. Lined in soft rayon, as living in Brunei – you just can’t wear polyester lining!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic
Polyester, Rayon

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    Dec 1, 2013, 09.40 PMby barmaglot

    What a beautiful fabric you found! Looks gorgeous!

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    Dec 1, 2013, 01.41 PMby Regan Mackenzie

    thanks girls! I’m really enjoying the interaction with other sewists and fabric lovers on this site. Its a bit lonely in Brunei, creativity is a space unheard of here. only 8 months and i’m home to Perth, WA, Auz.

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    Dec 1, 2013, 11.02 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely dress! ;)

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    Nov 29, 2013, 02.27 PMby liliv-1

    Great idea to use this pattern for a dress, it’s pretty!

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    Nov 28, 2013, 10.36 AMby nrobson

    gorgeous! cool fab

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    Nov 28, 2013, 08.17 AMby Mary Athey

    It looks gorgeous, try and put a full length pic on. I know all about weight gain and loss. I always go up a size in winter which i hate then down again when its warm. Its comfort food in winter and salads in summer lol x

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